The UK legal system in the area of social work with children and families can be bewildering and complex and it is vital therefore that any textbook on the subject uses case law, case studies and research to critically-engage social workers and students alike. This book does just that - by examining, and putting into clear practical context, the current law and policy relating to social work with children and families. A guide for both students on placement as well as Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) entering their first roles within children and families teams, Practical Child Law for Social Workers is essential reading for a fast-paced and complex area of social work.



This text does not provide a detailed account of the law relating to children in England and Wales, which is readily available from other sources and can prove rather indigestible on its own. We have enormous sympathy for social workers and managers who have been bombarded with vast quantities of official guidance in recent years, much of it bland, repetitive and jargon-ridden, such that frequently it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. Instead we have sought to provide a framework, supported by case examples and research, to help you gain confidence in exercising your legal powers and duties and to support the development of your analytic skills which are such a vital component of promoting children's welfare. By demonstrating the ...

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